Mahoning County dog warden studies possible ties in recent abuse cases

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It’s too early to tell whether recent cases of dog abuse and killings are related, the Mahoning County dog warden said Thursday.

Five incidents of dog killings and abuse have taken place in the county since Jan. 30.

The two most recent were discovered Wednesday when a witness found a dead dog hanging by wire from a tree in a secluded area off Salt Springs Road and when a landlord discovered a black Labrador retriever with its right rear leg chopped off. The black lab underwent surgery, is stable and will be up for adoption soon.

County Dog Warden Matt Ditchey said Animal Charity will perform a necropsy on the dead dog to determine the cause of death.

“Fortunately, we found it while it still looked like a dog,” he said, suspecting it had been hanging for a couple of days.

He said some of the abuse cases could be related, but he doesn’t believe the two dogs tossed from an Interstate 680 overpass onto East Midlothian Boulevard on Monday and Wednesday’s instances to be related to the two German-shepherd puppies found dead in a median downtown on Jan. 30.

Ditchey said he has never seen “this many, this intense, this cruel of cases in such a short period of time.”

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